Akwa Ibom Airport

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Akwa Ibom International Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerAkwa Ibom State
ServesUyo, Oron
LocationOkobo
Elevation AMSL170 ft / 52 m
Coordinates4°52′25″N 8°05′40″E / 4.87361°N 8.09444°E / 4.87361; 8.09444Coordinates: 4°52′25″N 8°05′40″E / 4.87361°N 8.09444°E / 4.87361; 8.09444
Map
QUO is located in Nigeria
QUO
QUO
Location of airport in Nigeria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,600 11,811 Asphalt
Sources: GCM[1] Google Maps[2]

Akwa Ibom Airport (IATA: QUO, ICAO: DNAI), fondly called Mary Slessor Airport by the locals[3], is an airport serving Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. The airport is 24 kilometres (15 mi) southeast of Uyo, and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northwest of the river port of Oron.

The Akwa Ibom non-directional beacon (Ident: AI) and Uyo VOR-DME (Ident: AKW) are located on the field.[4]

The first phase of airport construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2009. Akwa Ibom Airport opened on September 23, 2009, and the first scheduled passenger service commenced on December 2, 2009, when Arik Air began offering flights to Abuja and Lagos. The second construction phase began in 2012, and included the completion of a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility, the construction of an international terminal, and additional taxiways.[5][6][7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aero Contractors Abuja, Lagos
Air Peace Lagos
Arik Air Abuja, Lagos
Dana Air Abuja, Lagos

Infrastructure[edit]

MRO[edit]

Akwa Ibom International airport has a constructed Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility capable of handling aircraft maintenance and overhaul of heavy commercial aircraft. The facility can conduct the A, B, C and D check. The facility, specifically designed for the Boeing 747, can accommodate two Boeing 747-400 parked juxtaposed, nose-in, fully contained within the building. The facility equipment, arrangement, clearance and supporting workshops allow flexibility for servicing a wide range of commercial aircraft.[8]

Runways[edit]

The airport has a 3.6km runway with designation 03/21.[8]

Number Length Width ILS Notes
03/21 3600m (11811ft) 60m (197ft) Cat.II The runway is made of asphalt

Operational facilities[edit]

The airport has a category 9 aircraft rescue and fire fighting facility, a category II instrument landing system, an air traffic control tower, a technical and administrative building, emergency operating centre, aviation fuel farm, health clinic, police station, perimeter roads and fencing.[8]

Future expansion and plans[edit]

Akwa Ibom International airport has plans for expansion. There are plans to build a cargo terminal with an accompanying apron, a permanent international passenger terminal building, a 3 to 5 star airport hotel capable of handling 2 simultaneous cancelled flights and pilgrims destined for Jerusalem, an aviation training college and other aviation facilities. The permanent terminal will feature facilities for flexible dual use, such that it would serve both domestic and international flights. It will have arrival and departure halls for domestic and international flights with the routes split, which will be efficient for both passenger and baggage movement. While departing passengers arrive at an elevated forecourt and move down a ramp to a boarding aircraft, arriving passengers move downwards to baggage reclaim facilities.[8]

Terminals[edit]

Interim terminal[edit]

The interim terminal opened on September 2009 to cater for flights at the airport. The terminal has check-in facilities and a ticketing section for departing passengers. It is also equipped with full body scanners and a departure lounge; departing passengers at the lounge can relax at the light restaurant until boarding is announced. The terminal has a baggage reclaim facility for arriving passengers. Passport control and customs is only available for international flights. The interim terminal serves Arik Air, Aero Contractors, Dana Air, Air Peace and chartered airlines such as Sky Airlines, Atlasjet Airlines flying to Tel Aviv.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for QUO at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Google Maps - Akwa Ibom
  3. ^ "Mary Slessor "The Mother of All the Peoples"". Women of Christianity. WordPress. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "SkyVector: Flight Planning / Aeronautical Charts". skyvector.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  5. ^ "Uyo Airport | Aviation in Nigeria". nigerianaviation.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  6. ^ "Alcon Nig Ltd - Akwa Ibom Intl. Airport (AKIA): (Phase I-B Construction)". www.alcon-nig.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  7. ^ Ata Ikiddeh (2009-10-15), 1st Plane Landing:Ibom International Airport, retrieved 2018-08-17
  8. ^ a b c d e "Akwa Ibom International airport". Uncommon transformation. SDL Nigeria Ltd. Retrieved 15 August 2018.

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